January 2nd   Leave a comment

I spent most of the day between Crail and Kingsbarns, and walked the coast path entirely in the afternoon. I don’t usually spend much time on the stretch between Balcomie and Kingsbarns and hardly ever walk it at high tide. I found it full of roosting waders and ducks. Every other bay had flocks of mallards and wigeons, and in one bay about 10 teal. There were probably over 150 each of redshank, turnstone and curlew and twice that number of oystercatchers roosting in medium sized flocks on the larger skerries. And the sea full of gulls, particularly as dusk came on. A great northern diver lumbered past at Saucehope – always a good bird and I only see one or two a year around Crail, and always passing, never actually on the sea. That with magpies and golden plovers at Balcomie took the year list up to 87, although I am trying not to worry about it too much this year.

A great northern diver - they are so big they fly like a cormorant, are black and white and with huge protruding feet making them look like they could fly backwards and still look sensible

A great northern diver – they are so big they fly like a cormorant, are black and white and with huge protruding feet making them look like they could fly backwards and still look sensible

Posted January 2, 2017 by wildcrail in Sightings

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